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Lua Hadar with Twist Swings it in French at Society Cabaret Bastille Party

San Francisco, CA, July 03, 2015 — /EPR NETWORK/ — To celebrate French Independence Day, Lua Hadar with Twist returns for an encore performance of their popular French Music Hall show, “C’est Magnifique!” This Bastille-Day-with-a-Twist features Lua on French and English vocals, Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Kelly Park on drums, and special guest Dave Sturdevant on guitar and harmonica. Saturday, July 11 at 8pm (seating from 7pm) at Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex Union Square, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Tickets start at $25 (NO FEES) at Ticketmaster or societycabaret.com Or call 415-857-1896. Full bar, great food. More info at www.luahadar.com.

The show presents a variety of songs from the popular traditions of Paris, including those of American songwriter Cole Porter; hence the title “C’est Magnifique!” a song from Cole Porter’s 1953 musical, Can-Can.

Dave Sturdevant’s harmonica brings a Toots Thielemans-style to the show, in addition to the gypsy sound of his swinging guitar.

French songs by Charles Trenet, Maxime LeForestier, Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg round out the set list, and as ever, Lua’s fun and quirky stories provide her personalized bridge to the songs, whether you speak French or not.

Hadar is no stranger to France or French music, having just returned from teaching a master class in France on American Jazz Standards.

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ABOUT TWIST:
Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s cosmopolitan jazz ensemble TWIST has developed a multi-lingual world jazz fusion that twists the styles of international standards and brings new material into the jazz idiom.

Lua has charmed audiences from New York’s Iridium Jazz Club to Bangkok’s Thailand Cultural Center to the Swan Bar in Paris, where, on a return engagement, she previewed “C’est Magnifique!” to an enthusiastic full house before bringing it to San Francisco’s Society Cabaret for its first run in November 2013. The show was reprised last year and became a Society Cabaret tradition, presented each time with a different featured instrumentalist.

Hadar has released three CDs with Music Director Jason Martineau and Twist. The most recent, “Like A Bridge,” was recorded in 2012 as the centerpiece of her Bridges Project. The “Like A Bridge” DVD was nominated for an Independent Music Award and was released at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland in September of 2013 after its premiere at San Francisco’s Historic Balboa Theater.

“…such a lovely variety of songs from cabaret traditions of Paris (and beyond), that we might as well have been in a brick-walled basement room in the Quartier Latin.” – Talkin’ Broadway

“First call band of international talent and an innate gift of swing.” – Critical Jazz

For more information on Lua Hadar with Twist, see luahadar.com, iTunes, youtube, facebook, twitter and most major music sites.

ABOUT THE HOTEL REX AND SOCIETY CABARET:
The Hotel Rex is San Francisco’s answer to New York’s legendary Algonquin Hotel, located at 562 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason. Surrounded by 1920’s and 30’s style artwork and glamour, guests can linger in the Library Bar for cocktails and conversation. A menu of American classics with a European influence is available in the cabaret room as small plates or dinner. Society Cabaret patrons are immersed in an ambiance of arts and culture, in a true cabaret setting. Society Cabaret has received acclaim from the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and has expanded this year with venues in San Diego and San José. (http://societycabaret.com)

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LondonTown.com: London landscapes celebrated in new exhibition

South London parks are the subject of new photographic exhibition at the Horniman Museum.

LONDON, June 08, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — A new photographic exhibition celebrating London’s lesser-known landscapes open this month at one of London’s friendliest museums. South London Landscapes is now open at the Horniman Museum And Gallery this week and runs throughout the summer, featuring photographs of the Horniman itself as well as other picturesque public spaces in and around south London. The Horniman is one of London’s liveliest small museums, boasting excellent natural history and music galleries, a small aquarium and extensive landscaped grounds. For more information, and to see the latest deals on London hotels, see LondonTown.com.

South London Landscapes features photographs taken by London-based landscape photographer Max A Rush. The photographs, which include pictures of the Horniman Gardens, are taken in unusual and beautiful weather and capture how the passage of the seasons and the forces of the weather transform the appearance and character of the local landscape. Areas featured in South London Landscapes include Brockwell Park, Crystal Palace Park, Dulwich Park, Dulwich Wood, Ruskin Park and the Horniman Gardens.

Max Rush says: ‘These are a few of my favourite locations around south London. I’ve continually returned to them over the years, watching the seasons pass and the elements batter, freeze and occasionally warm their well-worn faces. I’ve witnessed moments of transcendental beauty in familiar places and endeavoured to capture them as truthfully as I can. So many people fight their way out of the city every week for the sake of nature, but perhaps what they’re looking for was here all along.’ For more information on this and other exhibitions and events taking place at the Horniman this summer, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Groundbreaking London exhibition looks at post-war Black British artists

Guildhall Art Gallery explores the work of little-known but pivotal Afro-Caribbean artists

LONDON, June 08, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — A groundbreaking new exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London will look at the little-known and rarely exhibited history of 20th-century Black British art. No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 runs from 10 July 2015 to 24 January 2016, and will explore the history of art produced by Britain’s Afro-Caribbean citizens, reflecting their experiences in the country after the major emigrations that occurred following the end of the Empire at the conclusion of the Second World War. For more information on this and other exhibitions in London this summer, see LondonTown.com, where you can also find information on London events and cheap London hotels.

At the heart of the exhibition will be a recreation of the Bogle-L’Ouverture Walter Rodney bookshop, created by renowned artist and curator Dr Michael McMillan (West Indian Front Room) and sound and visual specialists, Dubmorphology. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a stunning multi-sensory, multi-visual experience including works of art, sculpture, photographs, paintings, letters and other artefacts from more than 25 prominent Black artists during this period including Eddie Chambers, Sonia Boyce, Denzil Forrester and Chila Kumari Burman.

Influenced by the emergence of newly independent African and Caribbean states, global liberation struggles, the fight against unfair discrimination and an insistence on dignified citizenship within Britain, these artists found expression by way of ‘creation for liberation’. The exhibition will explore these struggles and celebrate their contribution through four themes: ‘Elbow Room’, ‘Broad Shoulders’, ‘Clenched Fists’ and ‘Open Arms’.

Throughout its tenure, No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 will also play host to a series of scheduled events enriching the visitor experience through a diverse range of educational talks, workshops and gallery tours. For more information on this and other exhibitions in the City of London, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Cutting-edge US artist receives first major European show in London this summer

Raven Row gallery in Spitalfields hosts a retrospective of ground-breaking US artist Larry Johnson.

LONDON, June 08, 2015 — /EPR NETWORK/ — One of America’s most interesting contemporary artists is to receive his first major European exhibition at a new gallery that focuses on cutting-edge, avant-garde art. Raven Row is a non-profit contemporary art exhibition centre in Spitalfields that is housed within two eighteenth-century merchants’ houses integrated with new galleries and its next exhibition, Larry Johnson: On Location runs from 11 June to 9 August 2015. It is directed and funded by Alex Sainsbury of the Sainsbury family, whose family have funded many great art projects in London, such as the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery. Raven Row is a very different enterprise, offering thoughtful shows on lesser-known artists and allowing visitors to explore the fascinating quarter of Spitalfields. The area is filled with fashionable boutiques, great shops and cool bars and restaurants. To explore its attractions, see LondonTown.com, where you can also find the latest room rates for hotels in London.

On Location brings together a selection of works by Larry Johnson from the early 1990s to the present. The show’s uncontested star is Los Angeles, the city in which Johnson has lived and worked all his life. For over thirty years, LA’s physical and imaginary appearance has served as the set for the artist’s photo-based investigations of the glamour industry, replete with fading stars and premature deaths. Johnson’s work bears the marks of a generation of artists sampling readymade images and texts to create seductively laconic pictures. Yet the colourful sheen of Johnson’s photo-based works is also a foil for sexual, political and semantic tension. The artist’s pictures are encryptions of a Hollywood demi-monde, referring to the cultures from which his work emerges queer, political, filmic and theoretical.

The exhibition is curated by Los Angeles-based writer Bruce Hainley, and by Antony Hudek, Curator and Deputy Director of Raven Row. Commie Pinko Guy, a publication edited by Hainley with new essays by Morgan Fisher, Lisa Lapinski, Hainley, Hudek and Wayne Koestenbaum, as well as reprints of classic underground queer writing, will accompany the exhibition. For more information on this and other exhibitions in London’s cutting-edge contemporary art scene, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Classic London cinema at the Southbank all summer

BFI Southbank unveils new season dedicated to films exploring the UK capital.

LONDON, June 08, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — London On Film is a new major season of films at the BFI Southbank that will explore and celebrate the capital for four months from 1st July to 9th October. This is the first time the BFI has ever celebrated the city in which it is based, and will feature 200 films, a number of which have been unseen since they were first filmed, offering an extraordinary perspective of the city from the past 120 years. The BFI Southbank is the national home of cinema, featuring three state-of-the-art screens in Waterloo on the Southbank.For more on this vital cultural quarter, as well as the latest rates forLondon hotels, seeLondonTown.com.

The London On Film season will include events such as a Soho Weekender (24-26 July) to celebrate the unique culture of Soho captured in films from 1896 – 1985 such as West End Jungle (1961), The Small World of Sammy Lee(1963) and Sunshine in Soho (1956). There will also be a discussion event Vanishing Soho on the state of Soho today in the light of current major changes for those who live and play there. It will include some of the earliest films ever made, such as RW Paul’s Blackfriars Bridge (1896(. Films from major filmmakers include Anthony Asquith’s evocative Underground (1928), the first feature to be shot on the underground and Nicolas Roeg’s Performance (1970), which takes us into the dangerous realms of psychedelic and sexual experimentation. There will also be films by Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Winterbottom and Otto Preminger.

Black experience is highlighted in a series of key films including Earl Cameron’s pioneering role as a black sailor in the crime drama Pool of London (1951) with fine use of locations around Tower Bridge, Poplar, Southwark and the City; Cameron also stars in the little seen The Heart Within (1957) another crime thriller set in London’s Docklands. Sapphire (Basil Dearden, 1959) is a film-maker’s response to the Notting Hill race riots wrapped up in a murder mystery while Babylon (Franco Rosso, 1981) shows the demoralisation of black youth, and offers an eerily prescient portrait of the situation in Deptford which would give rise to the Brixton Riots of the same year. For more information, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: British Museum gets its medals out for the great French Sun King

Free exhibition at the museum showcases remarkable 17th-century emblems of Louis XIV’s reign

LONDON, June 08, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — The British Museum is holding a new exhibition that looks at the medals drawn from the reign of the great French Sun King, Louis XIV. Triumph and disaster: medals of the Sun King runs from 4 June to 15 November and marks the tercentenary year of the death of Louis XIV. It is one of several free exhibitions that are held at the British Museum every year to draw attention to the many easily overlooked marvels within its collection and to present them in new ways to mark anniversaries or to reinterpret the material. For more information on the full programme of exhibitions at the British Museum, see LondonTown.com, where you can also find the latest information on cheap hotels in London.

The Louis XIV medals are preserved as they were in Louis XIV’s own day and includes contributions from the British Library which has a unique manuscript scrapbook of drawings and notes on the creation of the history, and the V&A. The medals were a way for the king to portray his reign and the greatest writers (including Jean Racine), historians, artists and medalists of the day were brought together by the king to ensure that posterity would see his rule as Louis wished it to be seen: the reign of an ideal and ever victorious monarch.

The early medals portray a dazzling image of a ‘Sun King,’ who is represented as hard-working, accessible, generous and just; a king that worked for the benefit of the people, glorifying as much in their happiness as in victory over his enemies. The picture changed as war succeeded war and defeat succeeded victory. The later medals, though careful to represent only French successes, are so numerous that they give the impression not of victory but of endless and draining warfare.

Elsewhere in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands, medals were produced that mocked and satirized the official French medals. These rival medals showed the French sun eclipsed by the zodiacal signs of his enemies, and Louis as an old man being roundly beaten by Queen Anne. Collectively, these medals and attendant literature present a fascinating and unique self-portrait of a regime which dominated Europe for nearly sixty years, and which established the primacy of French taste and French culture for over a century.

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LondonTown.com: Art film screenings at London’s best gallery this summer

Tate Modern screens new and classic avant-garde and artists’ films this summer.

LONDON, June 08, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — The Tate Modern has announced its summer season of cinema screening and film premieres, which will take place in the gallery between May and July 2015. The Tate Modern is one of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries, and its extensive programme of events includes a summer film season that introduces new art film as well as rarely-seen work by inspiring and maverick filmmakers. The screenings cost £5. The gallery is located on the South Bank close to Blackfriars, London Bridge and Waterloo rail stations. For more information on things to do in the area, and to see the latest rates for cheap hotels in London, see LondonTown.com.

Films programmed this summer at the Tate include Agnes Martin’s Gabriel on 5 June, which takes place in conjunction with Tate Modern’s retrospective of Agnes Martin. This evening presents the artist’s only completed and rarely screened film. It follows the wanderings of a ten year old boy in rural New Mexico, where Martin lived and worked, in a contemplative study of landscape and nature. On 12 June, Sharon Lockhart will present her newest body of films and photographs in a unique opportunity to see this ambitious work in progress, followed by a conversation with Tate’s senior curators Catherine Wood and Andrea Lissoni. Created in collaboration with a group of 15 young women in Poland, the project empowers the authority of the girls’ voices and their perspectives on the world. Over the weekend from 19-21 June, Parviz Kimiavi will feature. Spanning four screenings over three days, this will be the UK’s first major survey of maverick filmmaker Parviz Kimiavi, a pioneer of alternative cinema in 1970’s Iran. Kimiavi created surreal and hallucinatory films, using non-professional actors and harsh desert landscapes.

On 26 June, A Night at the Pictures: An evening for Larry Johnson will honour the legacy of artist Larry Johnson. Curator Bruce Hainley and writer Wayne Koestenbaum will discuss his work, followed by a specially selected cult film. On 8 July, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc’s new film will be screened. This addresses political issues alongside scientific and anthropological histories. Drawing on a personal photographic archive, the film presents a young fictional researcher who leads a group between the IFAN Museum in Dakar and the Musée de l’Homme in Paris. The screening will be introduced by a live concert by the electronic music act PAL. Finally, over three days from 10-12 June, The Film Will Always Be You: South African Artists on Screen will explore the film work of key artists in South Africa. It begins with a rare showing of William Kentridge and Angus Gibson’s Freedom Square and Back of the Moon 1986 (part of the Johannesburg Free Filmmakers’ Co-Operative) and ends with the UK premiere of Robin Rhode’s Recycled Matter 2015. For more information on this summer of screenings, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Top London Festivals in June 2015

Festivals of love, food, architecture and street theatre draw thousands to London 

LONDON, June 04, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — June in London brings the month-long London Festival of Architecture, the City of London Festival, Festival of Love at the Southbank Centre and the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. See more information about these and 69 of the best London events highlighted by LondonTown.

Google’s office of the future, the National Trust’s Mobile Museum, and SelgasCano’s Serpentine’s Pavilion are amongst 220 events making up the city-wide London Festival of Architecture 2015.

The City of London Festival (22nd June – 10th July 2015) sees the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform at St Paul’s Cathedral while the playful pop-up Bowler Hat creates a temporary performance space in Paternoster Square.

The Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love (Saturday 6 June until Sunday 31 August), takes its inspiration from Nelson Mandela. There are installations, exhibitions and performances for all the family in the theatre pop-up, Roundabout by Paines Plough. The Festival of Love culminates in the Big Wedding Weekend (29th & 30th August) when Southbank Centre welcomes all couples to marry in mass ceremonies in the Royal Festival Hall.

The nine day Greenwich + Docklands International Festival (26th June to 5th July 2015) opens with an epic outdoor spectacular by highly regarded French street theatre company La Compagnie Oposito presenting the UK premiere of Kori Kori, a processional theatrical journey through Greenwich.

Pop music festivals in London in June 2015 include Barclaycard presents British Summer Time which brings top performers including The Strokes, Blur, Kylie, The Who and Taylor Swift to Hyde Park. In between music acts there’s midweek comedy from Rich Hall, Ed Byrne and Ardal O’Hanlon as well as a family event featuring Union J, Justin Fletcher and other CBeebies favourites.

Returning for its 23rd year with 10 nights of concerts and comedy, the Hampton Court Palace Festival presents Jools Holland, John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra, Paloma Faith, Alfie Boe, Peter Andre, and Burt Bacharach. A first for the festival, there’s a double bill of comedy from Alan Davies and Paul Merton on 17th June, all in the open-air courtyard of King Henry VIII’s west London palace.

For more information on these and other great London events in June 2015, go to LondonTown.com where a wide choice of London hotels to suit all budgets is given as well as information on restaurants, attractions and all the latest London happenings.

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LondonTown.com offer five pairs of tickets to Taste of London

Win tickets and sample food from 40 of London’s hottest restaurants

LONDON, June 04, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — LondonTown has teamed up with top food festival, Taste of London, to offer five lucky winners a pair of tickets to the al fresco gastronomic showcase at Regent’s Park, and for those who want to stay in the city overnight there are many London hotels, from five star to affordable but trendy hotels, to choose from.

Always a foodie highlight of the summer, Taste of London offers a tantalising selection of world-class chefs and 40 of London’s hottest restaurants all gathered together in one place at London’s Regent’s Park from 17th – 21st June 2015.

New London restaurants taking part in the 2015 festival include contemporary Chinese restaurant Chai Wu, South East London’s latest haunt Artusi, Jose Pizarro’s authentic Spanish Pizarro, The Clove Club which serves cutting edge cuisine in Shoreditch Town Hall, The Palomar with its modern fare from Jerusalem and contemporary Japanese cooking from Aqua Kyoto.

Further new London restaurants partaking in Taste of London are Peruvian hotspot LIMA Floral, Anna Hansen’s newest venture, Modern Pantry mark II, and Marcus Wareing’s Tredwell’s.

Returning again are Taste of London favourites The House of Ho, L’Anima, Club Gascon, Spice Market, Ember Yard, Duck & Waffle, SushiSamba and Roka.

Top chefs Marcus Wareing, La Gavroche’s superstar sous chef Monica Galetti and the man responsible for revolutionising the way we eat Indian food, Atul Kochhar, are all appearing at Taste of London in 2015. Added to the mix are Mexican street food chef and entrepreneur Thomasina Miers, and Michelin starred Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes, head chef at celebrity favourite Chiltern Firehouse.

To enter the LondonTown Taste of London competition, go to LondonTown, answer the simple question and email your answer before 12noon on Monday 8th June 2015. The website also has a large number of London hotels to suit all budgets is given as well as information on restaurants, attractions and all the current London events.

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LondonTown.com: Lost legend of British art acclaimed in new exhibition

One of Britain’s great portrait artists is celebrated at National Portrait Gallery.

LONDON, April 29, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — The National Portrait Gallery, one of the world’s leading galleries in portraiture art and photography, will be rediscovering the work of a lost great of British art. Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter (15th April-13th September 2015) will be the first ever display of works by the seventeenth-century artist Cornelius Johnson, forgotten court painter to Charles I. It will include four rarely seen portraits of royal children, all from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection, to tell the story of one of Britain’s most successful and prolific artists. The National Portrait Gallery is located in the heart of the West End in Trafalgar Square. For visitors to London hoping to learn more about this and other exhibitions in London this year, see LondonTown.com, where you can also find the latest listings for restaurants, as well as details on summer events and cheaphotels in London.

The exhibition will include portraits of Charles I’s three royal children – the future Charles II, the future James II, and Mary, later Princess of Orange-Nassau. These are poignant reminders of their tumultuous lives (partly spent in exile), while the fourth portrait, of Mary’s son William, was painted when the boy’s position was in jeopardy. Largely neglected by both British and Dutch art historians, Johnson had the bad luck to be overshadowed as a court painter by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), who settled in London in 1632 to work for Charles I, and then to have his own British career curtailed by the British Civil Wars. Having been trained in the Netherlands, and having painted Charles I and the elite of the period, many of whom were soon to be engulfed in the Civil Wars, Johnson was a chronicler of a doomed generation, on the edge of war.

The display will contain eight painted portraits and six print from the National Portrait Gallery’s primary and archive collections, most of them rarely seen, and three paintings from Tate which have never been previously displayed together. This will be the first show ever on this artist’s work. For more information on this and other exhibition in London this summer, see LondonTown.com

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LondonTown.com: New gallery opens for business in London’s East End art world hotbed

Wapping warehouse showcases best of East London artists throughout May.

LONDON, April 29, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — Some of the most talented artists in London will be showcased in a new exhibition announcing the arrival of a fantastic new venue on the London arts scene. The 2015 East London Painting Prize will beheld at The Rum Factory, Pennington Street in Wapping from 30th April to 17th May 2015, the first time the space has been utilised for exhibitions. For more information on this and other art galleries in London’s vibrant East End, see LondonTown.com, where you can also find the latest deals on cheap London hotelsas well as news of exhibition and event openings.

The East London Painting Prize, now in its second year, celebrates the incredible talent and diversity of artists living and working in the boroughs of east London. The landmark 2015 exhibition will be the first public use of a historic Grade II-listed building for over 200 years. Formerly the offices of The Sunday Times and The Times newspapers, The Rum Factory is being transformed into 90 affordable artists’ studios run by charity Bow Arts Trust as part of the wider London Dock development by St George.

The influential panel selecting the shortlist and eventual winner includes artist and painter Phoebe Unwin (Wilkinson); editor of Art Review, Oliver Basciano; Director of the Zabludowicz Collection Elizabeth Neilson; founder of Launchpad, Sarah Elson; winner of the East London Painting Prize 2014, Nathan Eastwood; representative of the Goldhill Family, Michael Goldhill; and Claire Gevaux, Creative Director of The Legacy List. The artists shortlisted for the exhibition will be announced on Tuesday 21st April. The winner will be selected from the artists exhibited at the Rum Factory on Wednesday 13st May, winning a £10,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition in the Nunnery Gallery, Bow later in the year. For more information, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: New exhibition celebrates great Spanish poets and writers

The work of Civil War exiles examined in eight-week programme in London.

LONDON, April 29, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — A new exhibition in London will celebrate the remarkable contribution to British cultural life made bySpanish writers and poets exiled in the UK during the Spanish Civil War, exploring the crucial role they played in the Allied cause. The Waiting Room, which runs from 28th April to 30th June, is an eight-week programme of art, literature, music and film held at the Cervantes Institute in Eaton Square. For more information on this and other exhibitions opening in London in 2015, see LondonTown.com, where you can also find the latest news on London hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.

The Waiting Room will examine the lives and work of some of Spain’s most significant literary figures – Arturo Barea, Luis Cernuda, Manuel Chaves Nogales, Salvador de Madariaga and Rafael Martinez Nadal among others – presenting contemporary perspectives on the contributions they made to identity, culture, politics and society. Barea and Nogales are central to the exhibition. Barea worked in the Foreign Ministry’s Press Office where he got to know Ernest Hemingway and other foreign journalists, and during the Seige of Madrid, became known as An Unknown Voice of Madrid, for his nightly broadcasts about daily life in the besieged city. Arriving in London in 1939, he began working for the Spanish section of the BBC World Service and became a prolific writer, producing biographies, short stories, a novel and journalism. A new commission by Jordi Ruiz Cirea, Catalan photographer and 2012 winner of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Photography Prize, explores the rarely seen archive of his work before it enters the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Nogales, an anti-fascist and anti-revolutionary editor, journalist and writer left Spain, as did many intellectuals, when the government abandoned Madrid for Valencia. His prodigious literary output includes one of the best-known books on bullfighting, Juan Belmonte, killer of bulls; and Heroes, Beasts and Martyrs of Spain, considered to be a classic reflection on the suffering of both sides during the Civil War. On the Gestapo hit list for denouncing Nazism, he fled Paris for England as the German army approached the city. In London he became director of The Atlantic Press Agency, wrote a column for the Evening Standard and collaborated with the BBC on their overseas broadcasts. He died in 1944 and lies buried in an unmarked grave in west London. Other events will recall other exiles, among them composer Roberto Gerhard and poet Luis Cernud, in a series of talks, concerts and recitals.

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LondonTown.com: National Portrait Gallery takes another look at history this autumn

New exhibition with TV historian Simon Schama reimagines aspects of collection.

LONDON, April 29, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — The National Portrait Gallery in London has teamed up with one of the world’s leading historians to create five new temporary displays within its permanent collections. Titled Simon Schama’s The Face Of Britain, the displays will run from 16th September 2015 to 4th January 2016 and be staged throughout the gallery, with portraits from across the collection displayed for the first time by theme rather than chronology, taking a long view of the history of British portraits in each room. The National Portrait Gallery is the home of national portraiture, containing paintings of monarchs, politicians, soldiers and current celebrities. It is located in Trafalgar Square and for more advice on what to do in the area, and to find the best deals on cheap hotels in London, see LondonTown.com.

The new displays will coincide with the broadcast and publication of a new five-part TV series and book by Simon Schama called The Face of Britain. The project will reflect Simon Schama’s innovative and challenging exploration of the development, character and meanings of British portraiture. Planned with the gallery’s team of curators, each room in the display will comprise a cross-period selection in various media and, like each chapter and episode, will explore one of the following themes: Power, Love, Fame, People and Self.

Visitors will be able to see a wide range of British portraits from across the centuries, so Sir Winston Churchill and Baroness Thatcher might be seen alongside Elizabeth I (Power); Kenelm and Venetia Digby, with Rossetti and Jane Morris, a Lewis Carroll portrait of Alice Liddell and John Lennon and Yoko One (Love); Francis Drake and Thomas Carlyle with Amy Winehouse (Fame); a group of Suffragettes alongside boxers (People); and a self-portrait room combining Sir Joshua Reynolds, Hogarth and Self, created by Marc Quinn from his own blood. The displays will be integrated into a free gallery trail with between eight to twelve works in each of the five rooms, one room for each theme. For more information on this and other exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Amazing artwork celebrates international landmark at British Library

New tapestry explores collision of an 800-year-old artefact with modern technology.

LONDON, April 28, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — The British Library is set to open a small contemporary art installation to accompany its current blockbuster exhibition Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy, which runs until 1st September 2015. This exhibition looks at the history of Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary. For more information and to see information on the programme of related events, see LondonTown.com, where you can also find information on London events and London hotels.

The new installation takes the form of a new artwork by Cornelia Parker calledMagna Carta (An Embroidery), which runs from 15th May to 24th July. This is a piece of embroidery that has been created by many different hand – including prisoners, lawyers, artists and barons – and which replicates in stitch the entire Wikipedia article on the Great Charter as it appeared on the document’s 799th anniversary in 2014. The Wikipedia article attracts more than 150,000 page views each month and is constantly being amended by users of the website as the debate about Magna Carta and its legacy ebbs and flows.

“This is a snapshot of where the debate is right now,” says Parker. “Echoing the communal activity that resulted in the Bayeux Tapestry, but on this occasion placing more emphasis on the word rather than the image, I wanted to create an artwork that is a contemporary interpretation of Magna Carta.”

One of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Parker works in a variety of media and is well known for her sculpture and installation in which she transforms ordinary objects into compelling works of art. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1997, elected a Royal Academician in 2009 and appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010. For more information on the exhibition, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Recent Crossrail finds go on exhibition at the Museum of London

London museum opens new free display area dedicated to recent archaeological discoveries.

LONDON, April 28, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — The Museum of London – the only London museum dedicated to exploring the history of the capital in which it is located – has opened two new exhibition areas to expand upon the experience it offers visitors. Looking for Londoners and Show Space will both hold free, regularly changing displays that will show recent archaeological discoveries, find contemporary parallels for historic objects in the museum’s collections to and provide access to objects that are not normally on public display. The Museum of London is part of the Barbican Centre, a contemporary arts space containing cinema, art gallery and theatre in the City of London. For information on events being held at the Barbican, see LondonTown.com, where you will also find the latest information on London’s best hotels.

Looking for Londoners showcases tantalising archaeological discoveries within the collections, as well as those coming out of the ground, as London continues its bumper phase of construction. As new railways and buildings spring up across the capital, these discoveries are changing perspectives of the city and its people. Exhibits include items uncovered during recent excavations at Dickens Square in Southwark, revealing that the Baitul Aziz Mosque is the latest chapter in the story of a place where Londoners have been living and working for 2,000 years.

The museum is continually adding new objects to its collections. Show Space will present some of the museum’s more recent arrivals, as well as objects from existing collections that make connections withwhat’s happening in London right now. Exhibits illustrating popular culture and social and political change will feature. The first display focuses on the theme of spring, and Londoners’ attempts to introduce nature into the capital. Exhibits include a spring-themed fancy dress outfit worn in the late 1890s to a ball in the Portman Rooms in Baker Street, cup-cake coloured porcelain figurines featuring various embodiments of spring, as well as a mystery gnome. For future exhibitions in these two new spaces, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Get creative on Hampstead Heath this summer

Great series of family events announced for the summer at Kenwood House.

LONDON, April 28, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — The stately home that sits in the centre of one of London’s largest open spaces has announced a programme of family events this spring. Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath boasts incredible interiors and stunning art collection as well as acres of grounds with unrivalled views of London. Hampstead Heath is heaven for ramblers and children, boasting a combination of landscaped lawns and wild woodland, as well as pools, paths and playgrounds. It is easily reachable from central London by underground, rail or bus and there are several great restaurants, shops and cafes in the environs. For more about Hampstead Heath, and to get the latest deals on hotels in London, see LondonTown.com.

Kenwood House’s programme of family arts, crafts and storytelling events is another great reason to visit the area. Families can work together to try out different arts and crafts at Family First Sundays from Sunday 7th June and which then take place on the first Sunday of every month. These creative workshops will bring Kenwood’s world famous paintings to life. Under 5’s Fridays takes place every Friday, allowing families with pre-schoolers to join the creative craft making, sweet storytelling and fun sing-a-longs for a memorable morning in a unique setting.

Children can discover the stories behind the house’s collection with interactive storytelling sessions at Storytelling Sundays on Sunday 26th April and Sunday 31th May. These multi-sensory and hands-on sessions are a great opportunity to uncover the lives of the people in the paintings. May Half Term Crafts from Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th May is a chance for children to enjoy their school break and get their creative juices flowing as they get crafty and make something great to treasure and take home. This will be repeated throughout the summer holidays every Tuesday and Wednesday with ‘Summer Holiday Crafts’.

Kenwood Stories takes place on the last Sunday of every month from Sunday 28th June, throughout the year, while Slavery Remembrance Day on Sunday 23 August gives visitors the opportunity to commemorate this day by taking part in this storytelling and enactment event based on Dido Bello, who was born into slavery from her biological mother Maria Belle, but brought to live at Kenwood by her father John Lindsay, a British citizen who moved her to England. For more information on other events at Kenwood House as well as daily opening times and admission prices, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Exciting festival celebrates London’s diverse creative cultures

North London hosts second year of inHOUSE Festival on film and music in local warehouses.

LONDON, April 28, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — North London is set to welcome the second year of a new arts festival in Manor House and Seven Sisters this May. The inHOUSE Festival takes place between 1-10 th May 2015 in a series of warehouses that form a creative community hub in the area around Seven Sisters and Manor House. The area is easily accessible via public transport and represents the increasing diversification of London’s creative arts scene, with fascinating micro-scenes establishing themselves in artistic communities away from the city centre. For more London festival this summer, see LondonTown.com, where you can also find the latest information on cheap hotels in London, great restaurants and exciting events and exhibitions.

The inHOUSE Festival for 2015 promises to explore various forms of performance art, with a heavy focus on film, but also events looking at music, theatre and fashion. This line-up has been curated by the inHOUSE team and the works chosen for the 2015 theme of “Home” have been selected to explore this theme in its widest sense. Screening take place inside the warehouses, and audiences will be welcomed and invited to experience the art in this setting. The live performances will take place in and around the new Omnibus venue on Eade Road, N4. Other venues will include local hubs such as Cotton Mill, Catwalk Place, Button Factory, Overbury Road, Arena Design Centre and many more. The festival will be inviting spectators to wander through the spaces, pop up performances and screenings to discover what makes the place Home to such an artistically rich community.

Highlights include screenings of short films, chosen from the more than 300 submitted to the festival, as well as a complementary line up of music and art such as a rock n roll opening party at the Omnibus, evenings of spoken word, beatboxing and breakdancing, live cinema scores and food, craft ale and craft stalls. For more information see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Best events in London in May 2015

Stormtroopers descend on the capital on 16th May 2015 when Star Wars – also the theme for Secret Cinema’s summer extravaganza in London – opens at Madame Tussauds, one of the best London events to look forward to in May 2015.

May 2015 begins with a Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 1st until Monday 4th May and the extra day off makes this a great time to visit London with the London Sketchfest, Breakin’ Convention, the free Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice, and Grand Designs Live showing the great variety of events on offer in the city.

The London Coffee Festival, Pick Me Up graphic design festival continue throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend when the Wellcome Collection offers illumination in free festival ‘On Light’, the Southbank is transformed into the Streets of Spain, Vaisakhi Festival offers free entertainment in Trafalgar Square, and Land of Kings brings music, theatre and movies to Dalston on Sunday 3rd May.

Take inspiration from Richard Curtis’ movie and visit the Notting Hill May Fair on Saturday 9th May, part of the month-long Notting Hill MayFest. On Sunday 10th May the Dulwich Festival Fair, just one of the many Dulwich Festival events, comes to Goose Green, and the Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary. Later in the month Alchemy brings ten days of Indian culture to the Southbank Centre, and there’s more festival fun to feast on when the Foodies Festival comes to Syon Park.

London theatre highlights for new productions beginning in May include Simon Russell Beale starring in Steve Waters’ new play ‘Temple’ at the Donmar Warehouse, and Oscar nominated actor Bradley Cooper who reprises his acclaimed Broadway role as Joseph Merrick in ‘The Elephant Man’.

James Phillips’s new play ‘McQueen’ starring award-winning actor Stephen Wight, named Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards, premieres at St James’s Theatre on Tuesday 12th May. Gurinder Chadha brings her hit film Bend It Like Beckham to the London stage on 15th May 2015 when this season’s Regents Park Open Air Theatre programme launches with Peter Pan.

Major photography fair Photo London brings commissioned exhibitions and live events to Somerset House, Art15 attracts collectors looking for something new and different to Olympia, Clerkenwell Design Week includes Exmouth Market and its surrounds for the first time, and the new city-wide London Craft Week showcases work by top designer-makers in a specially created pop-up pavilion.

May’s live music highlights include Essex X Factor success story Olly Murs and throwback bands S Club 7 and Fleetwood Mac who welcome back former member Christine McVie after a sixteen-year hiatus. Texas, Belle and Sebastian, Maroon 5, and The Maccabees offer more memorable musical moments while Nick Cave and Eric Clapton both appear at the Royal Albert Hall. For a free classical music concert, catch the London Symphony Orchestra performing an open air concert in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 17th May.

London’s pop-up cinemas are back! The Rooftop Film Club returns to the Bussey Building, Hot Tub Cinema comes to a disused railway station in Shoreditch, and Pop Up Screens invites us to look at the science behind films like Alien at Chelsea Old Town Hall. From science to nature, the Chelsea Flower Show showcases stunning floral displays, and there are four days of fashion as Graduate Fashion Week sashays into the Old Truman Brewery from 30th May 2015.

Hundreds of museums, galleries and historic spaces across the UK and London open their doors late for Museums at Night. The Museum of Childhood marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with The Alice Look.

In dance, Wayne McGregor presents his first full length ballet for The Royal Ballet Woolf Works, and the full ranks of Tredegar Town Band accompany Rambert’s dancers in the world premiere of Dark Arteries at Sadler’s Wells.

Meet crocodile Joe and Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick when the London Pet Show comes to London’s ExCeL centre on 9th & 10th May.

See a star studded comedy cast at Channel 4’s Comedy Gala including Michael McIntyre, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne and Jonathan Ross, and book in for the splendid London Wonderground Spiegeltent which launches on 7th May with headline show Scotch & Soda, bringing Coney Island-style attractions and cabaret performed in the shadow of the Southbank Centre.

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LondonTown.com: All change at two of London’s top theatres

Two of London’s best theatres are currently undergoing a change at the top with Rufus Norris taking over the artistic directorship of the National Theatre in April 2015 and Matthew Warchus succeeding Kevin Spacey as Artistic Director of The Old Vic in autumn 2015.

Rufus Norris opens his debut season at the National with ‘Everyman’ starring Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) running from 22nd April 2015 in the Olivier Theatre, anticipated as one of the best London events for spring.

Highlights of his inaugural season at the National Theatre include ‘Three Days in the Country’ by ‘Closer’ playwright Patrick Marber who directs his new adaptation in the Lyttelton Theatre from July. ‘Our Country’s Good’ by Timberlake Wertenbaker directed by Nadia Fall which opens in the Olivier Theatre in August. And ‘People, Places and Things’, a new play by Duncan Macmillan presented in a co-production with Headlong, directed by Jeremy Herrin, opening in the Dorfman Theatre in August.

Sally Cookson’s five star production of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre, originally played at the Bristol Old Vic, comes to the National’s Lyttelton Theatre in September 2015, Anne-Marie Duff leads the cast in ‘Husbands and Sons’ beginning in October, and Polly Findlay directs Shakespeare’s comedy ‘As You Like It’ in the play’s first main stage production at the NT since 1980 in the Olivier Theatre in November. In the same month Rufus Norris directs ‘wonder.land’, a new musical by Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Other highlights at the National Theatre include Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, directing the UK premiere of Broadway hit ‘The Motherf**ker With the Hat’ from 10th June 2015 with a cast which includes Ricardo Chavira – Carlos Solis in US comedy-drama series, Desperate Housewives.

The National’s Temporary Theatre (previously The Shed) will host a tenth anniversary revival of Tim Crouch’s An Oak Tree from 23rd June which will see Crouch playing opposite a different actor each night, who has not seen a word of the play beforehand.

Ralph Fiennes, Timothy Spall and Rob Brydon will all take to the stage of The Old Vic for Matthew Warchus’ first season as Artistic Director of the famous London venue. The programme includes Ibsen’s ‘The Master Builder’ in a new adaptation by David Hare starring Ralph Fiennes due in 2016, and the world premiere of a new musical, ‘Groundhog Day’ reuniting the creative team of ‘Matilda the Musical’ with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

The Old Vic new season will open on 1st September 2015 with ‘Future Conditional’, a new play by Tamsin Oglesby starring Rob Brydon and featuring a young cast of 23, directed by Matthew Warchus. There will be new commissions including a new dance thriller, ‘Jekyl and Hyde’, and the Christmas production will be a new stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’s The Lorax.

More good news for theatre lovers, Kenneth Branagh recently announced a new West End season of five plays, starring Dame Judi Dench, Lily James and himself in a year-long residency which begins on 17th October 2015 at the Garrick Theatre, with associates Rob Ashford and Olivier Award-winner Christopher Oram.

For more information on these and other great London theatre events, go to LondonTown.com where a wide choice of London hotels to suit all budgets is given as well as information on restaurants, attractions and all the latest London happenings.

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LondonTown.com: Classic cartoons of Hitler feature in new London exhibition

An exhibition opening in London this week will explore the ways in which something as humble as the cartoon helped boost morale and inform the population in Britain during the Second World War.Heckling Hitler: World War II In Cartoon And Comic Art will be held at the Cartoon Museum in Bloomsbury from 25th March to 12th July 2015. This fascinating little museum is one of London’s quirkiest, offering a great variety of changing exhibitions that show the importance, history and depth of cartoon and comic art. For more on the museum, and to see other London events taking place in the area this week, see LondonTown.com, where you can also find the latest information onLondon hotels, restaurants and shops.

Heckling Hitler will use more than 120 original drawings to show how World War II unfolded through the eyes of British cartoonists. Throughout the war, cartoonists and comic artists played their part in helping to raise morale. On the home front, their cartoons showed Britain ‘how to make the best of things’ (Heath Robinson) and encouraged people to keep ‘smiling through’ (Joe Lee). Posters produced for the Ministry of Information reminded the public that ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’ (Fougasse) and that ‘Doctor Carrot’ was the ‘children’s friend’. Comic heroes like Desperate Dan and Lord Snooty kept the children entertained with stories showing how British pluck and guile would put one over on the dictators.

This exhibition concentrates mainly on newspaper and magazine cartoons from WWII. Included are works by HM Bateman, Will Dyson, ‘Fougasse’, Carl Giles, Leslie Grimes, Leslie Illingworth, ‘Jon’, ‘Kem’, Joe Lee, David Low, Donald McGill, ‘Neb’, Eric Roberts, ‘Pont’, William Heath Robinson, Ronald Searle, E H Shepard, Sidney Strube, Bert Thomas, ‘Vicky’ and Dudley D Watkins. Sample material from books, leaflets, artwork from The Dandy and The Beano, postcards and other publications produced as overseas propaganda have also been included, as well as unpublished cartoons drawn in prisoner-of-war camps and by civilians on the home front on scrap paper. There is even a rare pin cushion featuring Hitler and Mussolini. Together they evoke a Britain battered but unbowed that, with the help of its cartoonists, could smile in the face of adversity and win through in the end. For more information, see LondonTown.com.

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